Man tries to smuggle 22 pounds of meth into U.S.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of San Luis locate more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine inside hidden compartments within smuggling vehicle. By Jennifer Thomas U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of San Luis locate more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine inside hidden compartments within smuggling vehicle. By Jennifer Thomas

SAN LUIS, Ariz. -- A 47-year-old man was arrested Thursday for attempting to smuggle more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Rodolfo Huerta-Ramos, of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, for an inspection of his Chevrolet sedan when he attempted to enter the country.

A narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle and a routine X-ray inspection confirmed the cargo.

Officers located 22 packages of crystal meth inside false compartments in the rear quarter panels, according to officials.

The drugs, valued at $344,000, and vehicle were seized.

Huerta was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.